Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Being a virtuous person”
Our Bible verse for today: “The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but in you forsake him, he will forsake you.” 2 Chronicles 15:2 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Honor the Lord and He will bless you. Dishonor Him and He will withdraw the blessing.”
Yesterday we considered the sad story of how King Solomon drifted away from the Lord. We learned that as long as he lived a virtuous life, as long as he lived Biblically and with moral excellence, he was blessed by God. But once he no longer lived within the Biblical boundaries and engaged instead in decades of promiscuousness, debauchery, conspicuous consumption, and disregard for others, his life became a mess. God withdrew His blessings.
Unfortunately Solomon’s story is all too common. Even right there in the book of 2 Chronicles we find more examples of it. Just a few chapters after Solomon’s story ends we find young King Asa making the same mistake. In 2 Chronicles 14:2 we read “Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God.” Asa then went on to enjoy many years of peace and prosperity in his kingdom. But the older he got and the longer he reigned, the more prideful he became and the less he relied on God. So the Lord withdrew His hand of protection and allowed enemies to besiege him. Where there had been peace and prosperity there was now war and hard times. Finally, after forty-one years as king, Asa died a sad and diseased man who was far from the Lord.
Just a few generations after that, in 2 Chronicles chapter 26, we read the account of King Uzziah – different man, same story. 2 Chronicles 26:5 says, As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success.” Uzziah did seek the Lord, and he did live a virtuous life of moral excellence based upon Biblical values – for a while. But then he became casual and lazy, not to mention prideful. “But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall.” 2 Chronicles 26:16
We’re all familiar with plenty of contemporary examples of this same sad story. There’s the good Christian husband who had a great wife, beautiful children, a nice home, and a good life. But then he became bored and complacent. So he started flirting with the pretty secretary, ended up in an affair, and eventually lost his marriage, his children, and every good thing in his life. When he was faithful and virtuous God blessed his life, but when he drifted away from Biblical values and moral excellence, God gave him over to the consequences of his sin.
I encourage you to study the Biblical virtues of moral excellence. Pray over them, practice them, and don’t stray from them. As long as you honor and bless the Lord He will honor and bless you. If you stray from Him he will withdraw the blessings and give you over to the consequences of your sin.